Panthers prep for Southern Indiana Invitational

Panthers prep for Southern Indiana Invitational

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican volleyball team continues its non-conference slate with three matches in three days at the Southern Indiana Invitational this week.

The Panthers open the stretch with a 7 p.m. CDT match against the host Screaming Eagles on Thursday, Sept. 19. ODU will then face Kentucky State and Shorter at 12:15 p.m. CDT on Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21, respectively.

The Panthers (0-7) are coming off a three-match run at the Lindenwood Invitational in Missouri last weekend. The trip to USI will mark the third consecutive week the program has traveled over 300 miles from campus.

ODU's offense has been led by sophomore Amanda Remmetter (Springfield, Ohio) and freshman Emilee Fecht (Hilliard, Ohio) this fall. Remmetter had a team-high 32 kills last week, including 17 against William Jewell. For the season, the sophomore has 62 kills, 2.7 per set, and is hitting close to .200.

Fecht had 23 kills in three matches, giving her 52 for the season. The freshman has paced the Panthers in total blocks, 19, service aces, eight, and hitting percentage, .296. Her block per set mark of 0.83 currently ranks eighth in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

Senior Allie Rutter (Fostoria, Ohio) registered 12-plus digs in all three matches at Lindenwood, including 18 versus William Jewell. In seven appearances this fall, Rutter has 77 digs and 32 assists. The senior's 3.50 digs per set rank 10th in the conference.

Seeing extended action for the first time this fall, sophomore Zoë Carmichael (Wooster, Ohio) logged 85 of her 93 season assists at Lindenwood. Carmichael set a new single game career high with 43 helpers in the invitational finale.

ODU's three opponents come into tournament play with a combined record of 11-10. Southern Indiana is 3-4, including a 2-0 mark against G-MAC opponents this fall. The Screaming Eagles are unbeaten in two matches all-time against ODU, including a 3-0 decision in 2018.

Kentucky State will travel to face Indiana University-Southeast Thursday evening before facing ODU Friday afternoon. The Thorobreds are 5-2 this season and are coming off a 23-22 campaign in 2018. The Panthers though, are 2-0 all-time versus KSU, including a 3-0 win at the USI Invitational last fall.

Shorter enters the week at 3-4 overall after dropping all three matches at the South Carolina Aiken Invitational last week. The Hawks went 12-15 a year ago and Saturday's match will mark the first meeting with ODU.

Contact: Tyler Jester